Ex­er­cise 2 SHAL­LOW LOOPS

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Ac­cord­ing to Katie, shal­low loops are a very good sup­pling ex­er­cise. “They are sim­ple, but with a horse like Dil­lon, who isn’t used to rid­ing move­ments, they can be tricky. It takes a bit of co-or­di­na­tion from you to get them spot on.” Loops can be rid­den in walk, trot and can­ter — it’s the ad­just­ment made to your horse’s body as he changes di­rec­tion that cre­ates the sup­ple­ness. “When your horse is more ex­pe­ri­enced, you’d ex­pect him to be bal­anced and stay in rhythm through­out the loop, but in the early stages, don’t ex­pect per­fec­tion. Start with a very shal­low 5m loop.”

How to ride it

1 Come down the short side of your arena, rid­ing a good cor­ner as you turn onto the long side. 2 Ride a curve to the left if you’re on the left rein (or right if you’re on the right rein), aim­ing to­wards the cen­tre line. En­cour­age your horse to stay for­wards. 3 When you’re 5m from the track, straighten up, then bend the op­po­site way and ride back to the track. 4 Use the arena mark­ers to help you fo­cus on where you’re aim­ing for.

It’s the change of bend in shal­low loops that helps cre­ate sup­ple­ness

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